Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Mother Builds a Happy Home




“Mothers who recognize the value of homemaking see that there is an art to it.

A mother builds a happy home brick by brick, laid upon strong moral principles.

From her home the majesty of her inspiring leadership has a spiral affect.

Like a pebble dropped in a pond it spirals outward in ever widening circles.

Rather than society influencing the home it ought to be the Christian home influencing society.

Righteousness brings beauty of character. Character creates harmony in the home. Harmony in the home fosters order to civilization...isn't this what is meant by "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?"

Therefore, let us remember our position, fulfilling our office of queen with a kind of friendly dignity. It is a noble, high, important, and sometimes difficult position...

 But God will guide our steps if we keep our eyes on He who appointed us. And we will find joy within the authoritative yet loving relationship we were meant to establish with our children."

~Karen Andreola

Oh ladies, I know that the work of building a happy home can become tiring, demanding and depressing at times if we are not careful to guard our thoughts. We can easy become disillusioned but we must keep our thoughts on the Lord--He is our Helper and our Comforter and will guide us through all of our difficult times and trials. My advice is not to become so distracted with the many voices in the world because the main voice we need to hear is God's. Open your Bible and fill yourself with truth until you are overflowing and be sober-minded instead of filling yourself with confusion and lies from the enemy who is a liar.

WHAT I AM DOING THIS WEEK

This week on the homefront I have been getting our homeschooling spaces reading for getting back to school. Our local schools start this week and some of the children are sad that summer is ending so quickly for us all. Honestly, this summer flew by in a blink of an eye and I am wondering where time went. We still have not gone to the beach yet! No worries, though, we are trying to fit it in within the next two weeks.

I am getting excited about school this year--I am adopting more of an mindframe of "if I were on a deserted island" or "if this was my last year to teach the kids ever again what would I teach?" this year. I am loving what I am picking out and the fun things I have been pinning on my homeschooling Pinterest board. We are going to have a ton of fun while learning this year!

But it is bittersweet again because my oldest son is a senior this year. Time has gone by so quickly and somehow when a child is a senior I sometimes get heavy hearted picking out their curriculum for their last year. Can you mama's out there relate?

I am so grateful for homeschooling because the time goes by so quickly and before you know it that time is gone. You look up one day and see a young man (woman) about to start his (her) life. I am so grateful I was able to spend so much of their childhood right along side with them!

Now as I gather pencils and paper--- I am reminded that I am nearing fifty. I now know what matters and what doesn't matter as far as my children are concerned and I want to spend this coming year focusing on what matters to God and not what others tell me to do!

THE CHALLENGE QUESTION

This week, ladies, I would love for us to focus our hearts on the Lord. Is there anything distracting you from Him? Your phone, social media, Netflix, too many unnecessary activities? Be still and fill yourself to overflowing with His Word.  Don't go onto the battle ground without your battle gear. His Word is what sustains us and guides in times when our flesh is weak. Use your time wisely and build a happy home that brings Him glory!


How will you build a happy home this week?

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Monday, August 7, 2017

5 Best Tips for Potty-Training Your Child




Many of you know that I had little Isabella in my 40's. She was such a blessing since we had not had a girl born in our home for eleven years prior to that! It was so nice to go out and buy all the girl things and pink outfits again (especially after having five boys).

But what I forgot about was the potty training business--it had been almost a decade since I had done the other 8 children so I had to brush up on my potty training skills!

Now not every child is the same--some learn faster and some take longer. I think what makes a whole world of difference is moms attitude going in.

If you want to know the truth, it used to be something that I dreaded--something I wanted over as quickly as possible but I now know that my attitude can make or break the whole process. I had read somewhere about looking at this time as a special time spent with your child and I was determined to make this time around special with my daughter this time around.

So we are a week in and she pretty much got the hang of it after day 2. She is still working on going #2 (many children actually take longer in this area). But it has been such a fun time and I am so glad that we tackled this now before school begins.



HERE ARE MY 5 TOP TIPS FOR POTTY TRAINING YOUR CHILD



1. PRAY.

This is the biggie---we can do nothing without God, not even potty train! I always pray that God would help us and make it easier. That He would give me wisdom and have patience with my child when the going gets tough (or when #2 hits the floor and I have to clean it up). He is good and faithful and has never let me down.

2. ARE THEY READY?

Now just because your aunt told you to potty train your child when they turned two or one or whatever, that doesn't mean you have to listen to them. The big question you need to ask yourself is if your child is ready.  If they are not ready, your efforts could end in a big fail so it is better often times to wait if possible. Another question I ask myself is does this fit my schedule right now.  If I am very busy or it is a stressful time in life I will put it off until it is more convenient for me and when I am more available to be home to give potty training my all. I have found that for me, waiting until my children are three helps the training to go quicker.

3. PREPARE

Now that you are ready and they are ready you need to buy all the stuff. Here is what I got:

-A POTTY CHAIR (or two)



We used this Fisher Price Custom Comfort Pink Potty Training Seat. It is adjustable in height and has been working fabulously for her. It might be helpful to have two for another level of your home or to take in the car as a travel potty or for outdoors. When I potty trained the twins we had two and set them side by side while I taught them both! You can also get the kind that attach to the seat as well. 


-FUN UNDERWEAR



There are so many cute types of underwear for small children--this helps them to "feel" when an accident happens and get them out of diapers quicker. Make sure you have enough to get through all the mishaps of potty training!


-PULL-UPS (training underwear)





Many moms feel that pull-ups can confuse your children but all of mine have done wonderfully with them and it gives me peace of mind to know that there is easy cleanup and no mess as well. I am so grateful for them! I was surprised to see that they now sell a "cooling" pull-up (when the child goes he will feel a cooling sensation), but I personally wonder how safe they are so I opted not get them.


-LEG WARMERS




If you are potty training in cool weather it might help to have leg warmers for your little one so they don't get cold while they are sitting and waiting to go!





-WATERPROOF MATTRESS COVER



You will want to buy a mattress protector if they are using a regular sized bed and not a toddler bed. Just make sure it is 100% waterproof--you definitely want to protect it from getting wet!


-A POTTY TRAINING BOOK



This Princess Potty Time book was a cute tool to help her get started--it is interactive where you pull on tabs to "pull" down the toilet paper and "lift" the lid of the potty and so forth. I also let her watch some cartoon videos on Youtube while she was sitting and waiting so that would reinforce what she was learning to do--I believe it helped immensely!

I would also have some cleaning spray and towels/wipes on hand to clean up accidents. I am trying to go more natural in cleaning products so I use Seventh Generation since they have it at my local store and is only a few dollar a bottle.



I put a little toy bin next to her potty to hold her little books and special toys for her to look at while she is sitting on the potty and waiting to go.




Don't forget the toilet paper! Just be careful they don't go crazy with the toilet paper and try to wrap their whole bodies in it while you are not looking (ask me how I know)!

- A STOOL


Don't forget a child size stool if your child is using the adult toilet and it comes in handy for washing their hands afterwards too. 


I also like to use my iPhone as an alarm 20 minutes or every hour to place her on the potty--that has been so helpful to remind me to stop what I am doing and get her on the toilet before she has to go. An online mom told me about this little gadget called The Potty Watch to help your little one. I had never seen one of these before--they are supposed to help remind your child when to go. I suppose that would help if your child tends to get really distracted while they are playing and ignore the signs that they have to go.




Has anyone here tried it?

Now back to the points:


4. HAVE PATIENCE

Yes, I did mention this already in #1 but this is the biggy because you will definitely want to rush it. Just try to be patient. Have fun with it. Talk to them. Enjoy them. Take the potty outside into the living room or other rooms if you need to. Let them watch a potty video on a tablet to help the time to go by.  And remember that this won't last forever!

5. REWARD THEM

Now I have heard conflicting views on this but I have to say that I always reward them! I like to give little M & M's each time they go and smother them in praises. Three if they go #1 and a few more if they go #2.If you don't want to go that route I know that other moms like to do stickers and charts.

If you need more tips or encouragement on potty training I highly recommend the book Potty Train in a Weekend:




Are you ready to potty train your child quickly and with success? This best-selling book is the answer. Becky Mansfield, child development expert at YourModernFamily.com shows you exactly how to do it successfully. It is the only complete guide to potty training that you will need. You can train your child earlier and faster than you thought possible! 

In this book, you will learn... 
*Signs of readiness
*The secret to potty training in three days
*What to do when they won't poop on the potty 
*How to handle regression
*What to do when your child is not at home
*Should you use charts and rewards?
*What is the best way to potty train a boy?
*How to potty train at night 

You will not be going back and forth between diapers, pull-ups and underwear anymore. This book has been marked as the best potty training book by multiple speakers around the world. It has been read by tens of thousands of parents and they all say one thing: It is the only guide you will need for potty training success. It is filled with all of the information and tools that you need to start potty training and complete it in three days.

                                                                   YOU CAN FIND THIS BOOK HERE. 

























I hope these tips are a blessing to you!


What tips would you add?

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Reading Series: Books to Encourage You



Did you get a chance to read through all of our Summer Reading Series that we have been sharing these past few weeks?

You won't want to miss it--I have taken the time to put them all here in this post for you! It doesn't have to be summer to enjoy these books, you can enjoy them in any season---fall, winter, and spring are good times too to refresh your soul with a good book!

We covered all kinds of subjects of interest--I hope you find them encouraging and inspiring.  I might even add a few more post links later too when I get the chance.

Here is what we covered:

5 Books by Elizabeth George

5 Books by Jane Austen

5 Books to Read on Blogging

7 Books to Build a Strong Christian Home

6 Charlotte Mason Books for Homeschooling Moms

5 Leadership Books by John Maxwell

3 Inspiring Books by Elisabeth Elliot

6 Books to Encourage Homeschool Moms





I hope they are a blessing to you!




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wise Woman Linkup & Giveaway




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Monday, July 31, 2017

A Peek Into My Life - Birthdays, Bubble Tea & The Beautiful Shrine

This summer is going by so fast!

So much has been going on around here and I wanted to stop and take some time to share them on the blog with you.

I took a blogging break last week--we had VBS at church and my kids were leaders this year (they had over 600 children show up), so I needed some time to catch my breath! Overall, they had a good time, several children got saved, and a few of my other children want to volunteer next year too.

This month we celebrated my 46th birthday:




My husband surprised me with this little gluten free "Schmoo" cake from Whole Foods (we have three people in our family that are GF) and he got the other children a fruit tart. We drizzled some chocolate syrup on it for the chocolate lovers and it was complete! We ended up going out to dinner at Red Lobster and catching a show afterwards. Earlier I had spent the day shopping at the mall with my daughter.

I can't believe I am that old and nearing 50---which is kind of scary in a way because when you think of 50 you think that is really old when you are young but when you get close to it, it's not. I am trying to take better care of myself by eating better and getting more exercise squeezed into my day.

I stopped by a favorite cafe and picked up my favorite drink that I had been wanting to get all summer--a bubble tea. If you have never heard of them they are ice tea drinks that have bubbles on the bottom in all kinds of flavors. They are so deliciously good!





They have so many varieties that you can choose from but my favorite is Vanilla Chai with Passion Fruit or mango bubbles!





This cafe has a little community board were people can come in and share their thoughts. I think they change the theme every week.



I liked this one:


I left one about following the Lord. Hopefully someone was encouraged by it.

My mother-in-law stayed by our house a few days and we took her to see The Shrine of Christ's Passion since she always wanted to see it. The Shrine is a mile long and has stops that show certain points of the life of Jesus in statue form. Here are a few pictures from that day:



This was inside the gift shop--it was truly beautiful with tons of art, books, decor and more.



You all who have been readers for a while now know how much I love good art--this was stunning to see in person. It is called The Virgin with Angels by William Bouguereau.



This one of Mary, her son Jesus, and a lamb is called Innocence--it was beautiful as well and very large. 





The station above (you might not be able to see it very well) but all the way at the top is Pontius Pilate washing his hands of Jesus' situation. Many of the stops had music playing and a narrator explaining what was happening.





Jesus healing the sick woman.



Jesus crucified on the cross with the thieves. 




Jesus carrying the cross with a soldier standing over him. 




The ceiling in the gift store was beautifully painted too, 
I couldn't help but to take a picture of it.  
All in all it was a great bonding day with Nana and we had a ton of fun.


We also just celebrated our 25th anniversary but I will share that in a future post so you can see what we did.



I hope you enjoyed our pictures!


How are you spending the summer?

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